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With the success of the David Bowie-produced 1972 album All the Young Dudes”, Mott the Hoople were poised to become one of the most important and definitive bands of the 1970s. To celebrate this achievement in true, perverse style, singer Ian Hunter opted to write an album that loosely commented on the downside of living the rock n’ roll dream. These sad, funny tales of the road, best exemplified in “The Ballad of Mott the Hoople” have a twinge of heartbreak to them, made sadder by the fact that the band instead of breaking through to a mainstream audience, eventually just broke up. Their tough, guitar-heavy sound and their ambitious, high-spirited pace made them natural brethren for future punk rockers. But as self-styled glam rockers, they embraced the showmanship of the day with big riffs that celebrated the rock star’s power amongst the silliness with “All the Way From Memphis,” “Drivin’ Sister” and “Honaloochie Boogie.” “I Wish I Was Your Mother” closes the official album in grand, heartwrenching style.

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An Overlooked Gem

There are not enough superlatives to adequately describe this album. Superb in every way that a collection of rock and roll songs can be, this is an extraordinary effort. While Mott the Hoople was categorized as a glam band, this label unfortunately obscured the quality and depth of Ian Hunter's songwriting talent. Guitarist Mick Ralphs would leave for Bad Company after recording this treasure, and the band would disintegrate an album later. However, there are very few rock acts that ever reached the heights of this disk. Buy two copies and give one to a friend.


Formed: 1969 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Mott the Hoople were one of the great also-rans in the history of rock & roll. Though Mott scored a number of album rock hits in the early '70s, the band never quite broke through into the mainstream. Nevertheless, their nasty fusion of heavy metal, glam rock, and Bob Dylan's sneering hipster cynicism provided the groundwork for many British punk bands, most notably the Clash. At the center of Mott the Hoople was lead vocalist/pianist Ian Hunter, a late addition to the band who developed into its...
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